View.New York, View, 1940-7 Stock Code: 109741
NotesA complete set, one volume inscribed by Ford, of first printings of the remarkable American literary and art magazine published by artist and writer Charles Henri Ford and writer and film critic Parker Tyler. View covered the contemporary avant-garde and Surrealist scene, and was published quarterly as finances permitted. The roster of prestigious contributors, many emigres among them, signalled the shift of the centre of the art world from Paris to New York. The issues often contained supplementary material, sometimes merely a single leaf insert, that is often found lacking in commerce. All parts in this collection have these supplements present and correct.
Contributors include authors like Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Joseph Cornell, Edouard Roditi, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Paul Bowles, Brion Gysin, Philip Lamantia, Paul Goodman, Marshall McLuhan, Andre Breton, Raymond Roussel, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet, Jorge Louis Borges, as well as artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Fernand Leger, Georgia O'Keefe, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Marc Chagall, Rene Magritte, and Jean Dubuffet (Surrealism in Belgium, Dec. 1946).
The Surrealism Special (7-8, 1941) features Artaud, Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Marcel Duchamp and Andre Masson. The set includes the special numbers of the magazine featuring Max Ernst (April 1942), the Yves Tanguy-Pavel Tchelitchew number with Nicolas Calas, Benjamin Peter, Kurt Seligmann, James Johnson Sweeney, Harold Rosenberg and Charles Henri Ford on Tanguy, Parker Tyler, Lincoln Kirstein and others on Tchelitchew (May 1942) and Marcel Duchamp, with an essay by Andre Breton (March 1945).
37 numbers in 32 issues + several supplements, various formats, original wrappers, many pictorial. Housed in a black cloth flat-back box with the title stamped in blind down the spine.
Some minor fraying and one or two accession stamps to the odd volume but an exceptional set in original condition. The four issues which comprise volume 2 bound together for the publisher in mauve flock and inscribed by the editor "Darling, a bound volume with unbounded love, Charlie".
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